Super Patriot is a bridesmaid no more. The 5-year-old mare, bred by Harris Farms, opened the stellar race card at Santa Anita Park with her victory in the $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for California-breds.
Settling off the pace for the one mile turf journey, whe was not hurried, despite a moderate pace by jockey Flavien Prat. She began to wind up around the far turn, but still had seven lengths to make up at the top of the stretch. She uncorked a stirring rally to run down the leaders and go onto win by a length and three-quarters. Final time was 1:35.66.
“She’s not easy to deal with, but she’s special,” said Baltas. “She’s got a great turn of foot. They were walking, but she was off the bridle and looked very comfortable. All I told Flavien was ‘Don’t get her stopped.’ She was inside, they he took her outside. He’s Flavien Prat!”
Super Patriot campaigns for the partnership of Little Red Feather Racing, Jeremy Peskoff, Jose Cruz Ramos, Raymond L. Salvatore, and her trainer Richard Baltas. A durable runner, her career records stands at 28-6-5-6 with a bankroll of $353,954. Sired by Unusual Heat, she is out of the winning Redattore (BRZ) mare, Patriot C H, who produced a filly by Desert Code on April 18 at Harris Farms.
Warren’s Showtime, who was raised at Harris Farms, finished third.